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Today in History

1774 Britain passes the Coercive Act against rebellious Massachusetts.
The Crimean War erupts as Britain and France declare war on Russia.
1864 A group of Copperheads attack Federal soldiers in Charleston, Illinois. Five are killed and twenty wounded.
1885 The Salvation Army is officially organized in the United States.
1908 Automobile owners lobby Congress in support of a bill that calls for vehicle licensing and federal registration.
1910 The first seaplane takes off from water at Martiniques, France.
1917 The Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) is founded, Great Britain’s first official service women.
1921 President Warren Harding names William Howard Taft as chief justice of the United States.
1930 Constantinople and Angora change their names to Istanbul and Ankara respectively.
1933 Nazis order a ban on all Jews in businesses, professions and schools.
1939 The Spanish Civil War ends as Madrid falls to Francisco Franco.
1941 The Italian fleet is routed by the British at the Battle of Battle of Cape Matapan
1941 English novelist Virginia Woolf throws herself into the River Ouse near her home in Sussex. Her body will not be found until April 18.
1942 A British ship, the HMS Campbeltown, a Lend-Lease American destroyer, which was specifically rammed into a German occupied dry-dock in France, explodes, knocking the area out of action for the German battleship Tirpitz.
1945 Germany launches the last of its V-2 rockets against England.
1946 Juan Peron is elected President of Argentina. He will hold the office for six years.
1962 The U.S. Air Force announces research into the use of lasers to intercept missiles and satellites.
1969 Dwight D. Eisenhower dies at Walter Reed General Hospital in Washington, D.C.
1979 A major accident occurs at Pennsylvania’s Three Mile Island nuclear power plant
1986 The U.S. Senate passes $100 million aid package for the Nicaraguan contras.
1990 Jesse Owens receives the Congressional Gold Medal from President George Bush.
1999 An American Stealth F117 Nighthawk is shot down over northern Yugoslavia during NATO air strikes.

The Honey War

One Sloppy Land Surveyor Almost Caused a War Between Missouri and Iowa
Between 1816 and 1836, the border between Missouri and Iowa was surveyed several times, because the first survey was done so badly, and there were four possible borders, all slightly different. The nine-mile-wide band of disputed territory was fertile and popular with settlers. But what governing body the residents belonged to was a problem. Things came to a head in 1839 when Sheriff Uriah S. Gregory tried to collect Missouri state taxes from the farmers of the disputed territory. 
But Gregory knew he was heading into an area where he was not welcome. Missouri claimed this land all the way to the Booth line, another survey line drawn in 1836 about nine miles north, but the people who lived here considered themselves part of Iowa. The last time Gregory had crossed the Sullivan line, back in October, he had met a group of locals at a house raising, and when he had explained, carefully, that he had come to collect their taxes on behalf of the state of Missouri, they told him that it would be in his best interest—best for his personal safety—if he went back over the border.
Since then, the border conflict between Missouri and Iowa had tensed into what historians would call “the Honey War,” after some unknown Missourian went over the border and cut down three bee trees filled with honey. It was about to escalate even further.
The honey theft appears to be incidental to the real dispute over taxes. Sheriff Greggory was arrested and both sides raised a militia. Read how the confusion came about and how the Honey War ended at Atlas Obscura.

The Most Educated Place in Each State

Business Insider compiled this cool map that uses census data to determine the most educated place in each state. Their calculations are based on the percentage of adults over 25 with a bachelor's or higher degree.
Mental Floss readers noted some interesting details about the map, like the how many of the cities are on state borders and also how the cities seem to correlate with the most high-income parts of the states as well.It's also interesting to see how drastically the numbers vary across the country. In North Dakota, for example, Fargo is the most educated city with 39% of adults having earned a bachelor's degree, whereas Lareda, California leads the country with an impressive 89.5%.
You can see a full-sized version of the map on Business Insider.

‘Westworld’ Fans Spoil Season 2

United Airlines bars teenage girls in leggings from flight

United Airlines bars teenage girls in leggings from flight 
Watts, the passenger who initially reported the dispute on Twitter, described one of the barred passengers as a 10-year-old girl wearing gray leggings.
Watts said the girls were allowed to board their flight after changing or putting dresses over their leggings.
“This behavior is sexist and sexualizes young girls,” Watts said on Twitter. “Not to mention that the families were mortified and inconvenienced.”

Losing ability to smell linked to early death

One Simple Solution to Reduce America's Lethal Overdose Epidemic

Video games for depression


‘Special Snowflake’ My Ass

Canada to legalize marijuana

A More Equitable Economy Exists Right Next Door

Pro-Israel Group Funding Islamophobia Industry

'Bathroom bill' to cost North Carolina $3.76B

Despite wingnut assurances that North Carolina's "bathroom bill" isn't hurting the economy, the law limiting LGBT protections will cost the state more than $3.76 billion in lost business over a dozen years ...

Kochs Bankroll Movement to Rewrite the Constitution

And not for the good of the country or the citizens, either.

Climate Crisis Won't Be Solved Without a Massive Increase in Forest Protection

Snake Eats Snake

It's a snake-eat-snake world out there.
Predators usually chase after smaller (and thus easier) prey, but king snakes "just don't seem to be abiding by that rule," said biologist David Penning of Missouri Southern State University to National Geographic. "When we pair a small king snake with a larger rat snake, they don't avoid it. They actively and directly will attack a larger individual.... "
Marcus Woo of National Geographic has the explanation of how the king snake is truly deserving of its name.

After His Owner Died, Dog Walked the Same Route That He Used to Walk Every Morning

This is a story of loyalty and friendship that takes place in the streets of Ca├žapava do Sul, Brazil. Every morning, a Japanese Akita named Thor walks the street alone along the same route that he has taken with his owner on his walk for over a decade.When his owner Claudio Cantarelli died in 2015, Thor was so heartbroken that he stopped eating and would lie in the courtyard without moving for days. But, thanks to a loving neighbor who took him in, Thor is now doing better and has started walking the same route again.
"He [Claudio] walked every day and had his lunch. He was an artist and was everyone's friend - and now, Thor makes the same walk. I notice that the dog always stops at the same places. It's impressive," hairdresser Airton Oliveira said to RBS TV [in Portuguese].
Thor even made the same stop at the lottery office, where Claudio went almost every day. There, he waited for a while as if hoping for his owner to come out from the establishment to continue on their journey together.

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